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Beginner Drone Photography

Lesson 24 of 26

Post Processing For Videography


Beginner Drone Photography

Lesson 24 of 26

Post Processing For Videography


Lesson Info

Post Processing For Videography

Kind the last thing I'm gonna run through today is some post processing stuff. So I'm gonna open up my computer. And maybe after this, Kenna, we could have a time for Q and A? And I just wanted to show you how I kinda approach a short clip. You saw me do some of those short little videos of like my buddies or just something kinda fun. We're not making a commercial here. But what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take one of my clips like this one and I'll just kinda show you what I would do with this. If I double-click this on a Mac and I hit Command-I, you can see that I've shot at, I have a format of four K. So this is a big file. (Dirk clearing throat) So one of the things that I'm gonna do is open up Premiere. And I'll show you how I import and start my project from the beginning. If you use Final Cut, awesome. Final Cut is great, so are many other editing apps. I just happen to use Premiere because it plays nice with Adobe After Effects and Photoshop. It's more about though, the ideas. So...

I'm gonna open up a new project and I wanna name this so I'll call it CreativeLive Beach. I'll save it, just on my desktop. Hit Choose. I'll hit Okay. And there I go. So this is my starting screen. And actually, it probably normally looks like this if you're going to do some editing. And before I start, I need to get in some footage. So there's multiple ways to do that. You guys can go to File and you can import it from here. You can double-click right here where it says Import Media. You can navigate to it. I'll hit Cancel. I'm gonna hit Command-Tab and go to my Finder and instead I'm just gonna click on this file, hold it with my mouse, Command-Tab over to Premiere, and just drag it in. So it's gonna analyze that file real quick. If I pull it up here, here's the clip. So it's playing nice. And let's just pretend to illustrate that I just wanna post this to Instagram. I just wanna do a little social post or something like that. It's not gonna be outputted to a commercial or anything like that. Well what I could do is I could make a new sequence and I could figure out what is my output, so maybe I would go to my Digital DSLR. I'll do like 1080. (Dirk clearing throat) Let's see what frame rate I shot this at. (computer clicking) Did you catch it? 24? Okay, thanks. So I'll just select 24. I've got a 1080 by 24 frames per second project. I'll hit Okay. (computer clicking) And I'll double-click on that to stay organized. I'll call this 1080 24 frames per second, just so I don't get too confused when this project gets filled with files. And I'll double-click on my sequence and now I need to bring in my clip. So I'll drag and drop this over, I'll let go and you'll get this setting, says hey, your footage is a lot bigger than your sequence. What do you want me to do? And I'm just gonna say do nothing. Keep it how I put it, I did this on purpose. But if for whatever reason, you're new to all this, this is a helpful setting because you can be like oh thanks for letting me know Premiere. Change it, if you needed to change it to four K. I'm gonna leave it at this though, so Keep Existing Settings. And there's my clip. So you can see that it's really punched in on the group of people there. If I Command-Tab back to my Finder and double-click on this, you see that I'm missing like all of this, right? I'm missing all of this up here. I'm missing all of this. You don't even see the people down here. So what that means is I'm actually, I can actually zoom out. I can scale this down. So I'm gonna load my clip into my preview window and I'm gonna go over here to Edit Controls. Oops. (computer clicking) Well, I'll do it manually. What I'm gonna do is double-click on this frame over here. And do you guys see, I got this little circle thing right here? When I double-click, that means I can move, I can move my clip around. Let's see, am I doing something wrong here? Sorry, let me check something real quick. Effects. Okay, sorry, so I was on editing and what that means is when my clip is in here, I do not have access to my effects, which is what I wanted. So in this top tab, I'm going to click Effects. And then now I have what I wanted. I wanted to find my motion control. So this is exactly what I wanted. So I just wanted to show you that I can adjust my scale here. So I could type in Scale 50 for 50% and there it is. You see it zoomed out. It's no longer scaled all the way up, right? So one of the helpful things I can do, I'm gonna reset this since I kinda messed that up, is you can also move your frame right here, so you can reposition it. So I might try doing 70 for scale and then I wanna see some of those waves crashing. I wanna keep this kinda centered and I definitely wanna see some of these people here. So I might move that down a little bit. Looks pretty good. I obviously have a lot more though, I can add in this complete whole side here, right? This is a really cool way to work with four K video if you're not outputting the four K. You can completely crop out those people and just see that, right? So a lot of options here. I actually do like some of that blue, I just don't want these people to be too small. So I might try changing this to 60. Make sure some of that blue comes in. Yeah, so now I have blue right in here.

Class Description


  • Confidently fly a drone
  • Understand basic legal requirements
  • Execute simple to intermediate drone maneuvers
  • Adjust settings for aerial photography
  • Simultaneously adjust the drone and the camera
  • Use drones to capture a variety of still and video perspectives
  • Edit aerial photography and aerial videography


Sure, drone photography looks just like playing a video game, but controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle while simultaneously working a camera takes essential know-how and practiced skills. Take off with confidence and capture aerial photography and videography at angles you never thought possible. In this beginner's class, learn essentials like safe drone flight, essential photography settings, and basic post-processing.

Work with award-winning aerial photographer Dirk Dallas as you learn to control your drone. Whether your drone is collecting dust or you've just opened the box, this class provides the essentials to fall in love with drone photography and videography. From legal restrictions to selecting and operating a drone and accessories, this class covers all the basics of aerial photography with a drone.

Explore a drone's controls, then learn exercises to help hone your flight skills. Flag potential legal restrictions in the United States. Learn settings and tips for capturing great aerial photography, then incorporate motion with video. Finally, work in image processing and video editing to fine-tune your captures. Whether you want to capture aerial images for real estate, environmental studies, commercial advertising, independent movie production, land-use planning or simply creative photography, start flying with confidence.


  • Any user new to drone flight
  • Photographers looking to expand to aerial photography
  • Videographers eager to add a new angle with drones
  • Drone newbies that want to learn new moves and tricks


FAA licensed drone pilot Dirk Dallas uses drones to capture new angles in his commercial photography and filmmaking. Also a speaker and professor, Dirk is the founder of and the host of the AdoramaTV series From Where I Drone With Dirk Dallas. Along with his creative work, he enjoys teaching and inspiring new drone pilots.


  1. Class Introduction

    Meet your instructor and find inspiration from amazing sample aerial imagery with an eagle's eye view.

  2. How Dirk Got Started With Drones

    Learn how a hobby flying RC helicopters and a newfound passion for photographer merged into a love for drone photography. Dig into the brief history of aerial photography with drone technology and see how UAVs have changed from simple tools to essentials for aerial photographers.

  3. What is a Drone?

    Before diving into aerial photography with a drone, what exactly is a drone? Learn drone basics, as well as other terms frequently used for drones like UAS, UAV, and quadcopters. Explore the different types of camera drones available, many with the best camera built right in. Walk through the different drone options from the biggest drone manufacturer, DJI.

  4. Registering Your Drone

    Aerial photography with a drone has several legal restrictions. The first step is making sure to register your drone with the FAA. Walk through the simple, inexpensive act of registering and learn to avoid scams. This lesson covers registry in the United States.

  5. Drone Terminology

    Like learning photography, aerial drone photography comes with a long list of new terminology. Dig into aerial photography jargon and learn the tools of the trade. Pick up terms like gimbal, GPS and propellers.

  6. DJI Go App

    Controlling your drone starts with an app, a controller, or both. Learn the basics of DJI's Go App and decipher what all those symbols on the screen mean. Navigate the app and get started controlling a DJI drone using the DJI Go App.

  7. FAA Drone Rules

    Aerial photography requires responsible flying. In this lesson, learn the essential FAA rules to understand before you fly. Determine No Fly Zones and avoid collisions with other drones with air traffic rules.

  8. Apps for Flying Drones

    Find all the data you need to fly a drone daunting? Apps can help simplify drone flight. Learn about apps that tell you where you can fly, the flying weather predictions, visibility conditions, drone news, and more.

  9. Pre-flight: Drone Flight Checklist

    Prep for the flight to ensure a safe, successful aerial photography shoot. Go through a checklist to make sure the area is safe and your drone is ready to fly. Make a plan for the flight -- and a backup plan.

  10. How to Fly Overview: Take off, Hover & Land

    Begin learning to fly with this overview. Cover the different drone controller controls. Practice with exercises designed to help you make drone flight feel like second nature. Learn automatic and manual methods for taking off and landing with in-field demonstrations.

  11. Straight Line & The Simple Box

    Continue honing your flight skills with exercises and skills for flight paths. Learn how to fly straight and how to fly in a simple box shape using just one stick on the controller.

  12. The 180 & The Box With Yaw

    Add in the second control stick and learn how to turn your drone around completely, called "yawing." Then, fly in a box shape with a yaw turn. Learn tricks to working with the controls like flipping the controls when the drone flips.

  13. Drawing Shapes

    Expand your drone flight exercises with additional advanced tasks to further build your flight skills. Fly in diagonals, then use both controls simultaneously to fly in a perfect circle. When you've mastered those shapes, try the figure eight exercise and orbiting.

  14. Q&A

    Find answers to the most frequently asked questions on drone flight. Students like you pose questions during the live class, while Dirk digs in and explains.

  15. DJI Intelligent Flight Modes

    DJI builds several different intelligent flight modes into their drones that allow for different flying techniques using remote sensing systems. Learn the different main flight mode options, what route they fly, and how to use the different available options. Master tricks like controlling the drone with gestures, "follow me" mode, and preset flight paths.

  16. DJI Go App: Photo Settings

    Now that you're comfortable using a controller and app to fly, what about that aerial camera? Get started on capturing digital imagery with your drone by learning the different settings. Learn how to turn the camera off auto, as well as how to manually adjust aperture, shutter speed, and aperture. Adjust settings like burst mode, bracketing, white balance, and RAW shooting. Master focus options to get a sharp, high-quality image.

  17. Tips for Capturing Drone Photos

    The perspective of aerial photography is unique -- but impressive aerial imagery is about more than just perspective. In this lesson, gain some essential aerial photography tips, like why you may want to use a low altitude instead of a high one. Learn to work with instead of against the sunshine. Consider composition and height and other aspects for the best drone photography.

  18. Creating Panoramas

    Aerial photography isn't limited to a standard aspect ratio. In this lesson, learn how to import images into Lightroom. Then, build a panorama from several overlapping aerial photos using the same software.

  19. Post Processing for Drone Photography

    Like shooting with two feet on the ground, aerial photography can often be improved with a bit of editing. Walk through the process of adjusting images inside Lightroom. Work with exposure, adding style, and color correction.

  20. DJI Go App: Video Settings

    Step from aerial photography into aerial video. Get started with drone video with the DJI Go app settings for video in a live demonstration. Learn essentials like resolution, frame rate, and shutter speed.

  21. Accessories

    Drone accessories can make flights easier and improve the quality of photos and video. Learn the ins and outs of different drone photography accessories, including landing pads, batteries, hoods, and ND filters. Explore what each one does, which ones are essential, and what's just optional.

  22. Tips for Capturing Drone Video

    Build on your aerial video capabilities with video tips for drones. With the added dimension of time, add in effects like fly over moves. Learn ways to create more dynamic video from a drone in this lesson, as well as tips to expand simply by doing more exploring.

  23. Camera Moves

    Add drama to aerial video by recording while doing cool drone moves. Learn the camera movement that's possible with aerial video using a UAV. Integrate tricks like slowly revealing the subject, using a top-down bird's-eye-view, playing with altitude, circling a subject and more to create a more dynamic video.

  24. Post Processing For Videography

    Video editing is quite different from editing still photos. Work With Adobe Premiere Pro for a few basic video edits, including importing video, then working with cropping and motion effects.

  25. Simple Color Correction For Footage

    Like with still photos, drone videos can benefit from color adjustments. Learn how to use the Lumetri Color tools inside Premiere Pro to correct colors or add style or drama through color correction.

  26. Adding Music & SFX

    Finish the class by learning to add music and sound effects to aerial footage -- since the sound of a buzzing drone isn't exactly pleasant to listen to, if your drone records audio at all. Work with basic audio in Adobe Premiere Pro. Learn how to add and adjust audio. Then, gain some final input on drone photography and videography with a brief Q&A.



Dirk really did a nice job taking new students thru exercises to gain confidence. The work in Lightroom and Photoshop was helpful, but I wish more time could have been focused on flying or tips. Dirk has presets that he offers. It would have been helpful to see the results using those presets. Looking forward to the free which Drone to buy class and the advanced class


I definitely recommend this course if you are thinking about getting into drone photography looking for the fundamentals. I now feel pretty confident I can get started and that my learning curve will be greatly shortened thanks to the technology available today and a great roadmap of getting started. If you are already started... follow up with his advanced topics... I know I will.


Super class. As a beginner I had little idea what to expect and never got started because of all the talk of people crashing drones right and left and losing a fortune. Dallas made it seem simple. So I bought a Tello beginners drone (great starter by the way), got hooked and am now flying a DJI Mavic Pro 2 and studying for a commercial license. Not sure, this is a great class to start with.